One look at this Fashionista, and you know that she means business. That’s what I love about this outfit. She looks sophisticated and put together, but she is also rocking the latest trends we’ve been seeing all over the fashion world. From her embellished collar to her suede gladiator heels, this Fashionista knows how to put together a chic ensemble while still looking age appropriate. Read below to hear about her constantly evolving style and dream splurges!
Name: Katie Knell
Major: Fashion Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: Which celebrity’s style do you admire most and why?
Katie Knell: Olivia Palermo is subtly fierce. She has this effortless way of dressing ideally for her shape as well as playing up features with unique accessories and daring pattern play. Her look is classic, yet carries a twist of trend for the season, a trait I attempt to mix in with my own style. Plus, she rocks the butt part.
CF: If you could splurge on one item for your closet, what would it be?
KK: I would give my left arm for a Chanel bag (I die). The bags carry an element of expense and are the ultimate “I’ve made it” moment amalgamated with the glamour, the revolution and the legacy that Coco Chanel has left behind.
CF: How would you describe your style?
KK: I would describe my style as classic with a kick. I love keeping with pieces that will keep throughout the seasons, while also adding a flare to a traditional structure. As I am continually evolving and growing in who I am as a person, I seek to implement that same ideal remaining true to my core all the, while pursuing a unique factor that is sure to set me apart.
CF: What are some of your favorite places to shop?
KK: As an associate of J.Crew, it is inevitable that I fall victim to their prints, precision and playfulness. Yet, I pride myself on finding a good “steal” whether it be from Zara, Nordstrom or even Forever 21. I try not to limit myself into the confines of a certain brand, but I hope to expand and evolve stylistically through varied inspirations.
How To: The key to this look is pairing simple, structured pieces together and making sure that each piece has its own flare. Pair an embellished collar with a fitted leather skirt and add some neutral, geometric accessories. Don’t be afraid of bold shoes! They anchor an outfit and will balance the entire ensemble.